This week’s Cotton Newsline is 3 cuts. All cuts are Darrly Earnest, USDA’s Agriculture Marketing Service Deputy Administrator.
Suggested Introduction 1:
USDA’s Agriculture Marketing Service or AMS is proposing to raise the user fee for 2009 crop cotton classification services from $2.00 per bale to $2.20 per bale. Darryl Earnest, AMS Deputy Administrator says this fee increase is due to the AMS cotton program expecting its second consecutive crop that is extremely small.
Suggested Introduction 2:
The User Fee is a legislatively mandated fee charged to grade or class a single bale of cotton charged by the AMS cotton program to recoup the cost affiliated with assigning quality factor measurements to a sample of cotton taken from each bale. Earnest says this classification data is then assigned back to the bale and used in marketing the cotton.
Suggested Introduction 3:
Earnest says a fee increase is the last resort but it must be done in order for the program to deliver the best classification service possible without sacrificing or compromising accuracy and manage the program with fiscal responsibility.